$$ - Moderate

Lupita's Mexican Restaurant

732 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

At Lupita's Mexican Restaurant, all of the recipes originate from within the family. By using Lupita's creations the restaurant can guarantee the food will have an authentic, at-home Mexican flavor. Enjoy this popular lunch location for the downtown crowd or try it at the dinner hour for a calmer dining experience. (Updated 6.29.10)


420 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

Maddie's is a lounge serving your favorite drinks and is directly connected to the Madison Street Diner inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

They serve the same great food that has made the Madison Street Diner a popular destination, as well as top-shelf cocktails in a quiet, friendly environment.

The walls inside Maddie's are uniquely decorated with drawings of past hotel guests and the staff is friendly and attentive. (Updated 6.29.10)

Madison Street Diner

420 S.E. 6th St., Topeka

The Madison Street Diner, inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, has been open since 2006, offering great food in a quiet, casual atmosphere for downtown office and government workers.

Don't be surprised if you cross paths with the governor, or run into your favorite legislator next door at Maddie's lounge! (Updated 7.1.10)

Magic Meals

6722 S.W. Urish, Auburn

Magic Meals, a family business offering a wide range of affordable meals, has been in operation since 2004. It features healthy, customized, fresh-cooked meals delivered from a central kitchen to clients in Topeka, Lawrence and surrounding communities. It specializes in senior meals, medically restricted diets, weight loss diets and short-term meal solutions. Deliveries can be made any time, according to the client's needs and wishes. (Updated 6.29.10)

Mama Shirley's Family Restaurant

2511 S.E. California, Topeka

Mama Shirley opened in Feb. 2014, much to enjoyment of the residents of East Topeka. Mama Shirley offers fish by the pound, various fish sandwiches and other seafood plates.

McFarland's Restaurant

4133 S.W. Gage Center Dr., Topeka

Established in 1932, McFarland's is the oldest continuously run restaurant in Topeka. It offers casual fine dining for its loyal customers, who can enjoy an atmosphere in which they can eat and carry on a conversation without a lot of background noise. There are two rooms that can be reserved for private parties -- one seating 30 people and the other seating 70.

Michelle's Lounge

605 S.W. Fairlawn, Topeka

Michelle's Lounge, inside the Holiday Inn Holidome at 6th and Fairlawn, features good dinners in a casual atmosphere. The lounge is primarily motel-driven, but the public is welcome. Food is served 5 to 10 p.m. seven days a week. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar stays open until eleven. (Updated 7.26.10)

Monsoon Indian Grill

2040 S.W. Wanamaker, Topeka

This restaurant is one of the newest openings in 2014! There is a lunch buffet, along with brunch every Sunday. The buffet includes items that are not on the menu, which is a surprise to the owners and to the guests! Owner Madan Rattan said that all of the guests should be curious about trying new dishes.

Moose Lodge

1901 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka

The Moose Lodge is a North Topeka landmark offering full-service dining for members and guests on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Moose, which supports veterans activities and the JROTC program at Topeka High, also holds separate pancake and taco feeds once a month that are open to the public (check the roadside sign for dates). (Updated 3.26.09)

New China Buffet Restaurant

201 S.W. 29th St., Topeka

New China Buffet opened in 1999, offering good food and service in a casual atmosphere. Its buffet has a variety of meal options, including salads, soup, chicken and traditional Chinese foods.